Another week gone by and now we move ahead to the Bay Hill Invitational Presented by Mastercard. This is always a good event. Many of the top players come out to play in Arnie’s tournament and many players use it as a tune up event for The Players Championship and The Masters. Hard to believe those events are upon us already.
Last week was a good one for the SirPutts’ Team. David Toms looked like he was going to run away with the title for awhile. He faltered a bit on the weekend but still ended up with a third place finish. Another good weekend for Toms. Geoff Ogilvy continued his fine season with a second place finish behind Luke Donald. In hindsight Donald would have been a great pick. He is a solid iron player and a very smart player but that’s hindsight. My personal congratulations to Luke Donald anyways. Robert Allenby had an up and down week but finished in a respectable 31 place and the fourth pick Ryan Palmer pulled out of the tournament before it even began. All in all, a pretty good week.
This week we move to Orlando for the Bay Hill Invitational. This is Arnold Palmer’s tournament and the name is going to be changed to the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2007. Tiger won this tournament four years in a row from 2000 – 2003 but we can’t pick him every week so let’s take a look at four others who should do well.
Zach Johnson is my first pick this week. He has played some good golf in 2006 and is a great putter. That should help him this week and Johnson will be looking for big Ryder Cup points. A T8 here last year should give Zach some confidence coming into this week as well.
How about another T8 from last year; Bart Bryant. Over the last nine months Bryant has won twice and finished in the top 25 fifteen times. Mr. Moustache should come in to this event rested and recharged and I think he will play well against a strong field.
Adam Scott comes into this tournament playing well. He has finished in the top 20 in all three of his starts on the PGA Tour this year and should be looking to re-establish himself as the top young player in the game. A win at Arnie’s Invitational would do just that.
Finally, it’s time for SirPuttsAlot to jump on the Camilo Villegas bandwagon. What’s not to like about this kid? And on a golf couse that puts a strong emphasis on the tee ball he’s a good bet for another high finish.
We’ve got one old guy mixed in with a bunch of kids this week, should be interesting to see how things work out. Talk to you all again next week.